The Village of Radium Hot Springs received the RCMP report for the second quarter of 2017/2018 at the Wednesday, October 25th council meeting. The report was released by Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck, detachment commander for the Columbia Valley RCMP.
According to Mr. Vatamaniuck’s report, when a detachment is at full strength it consists of a sergeant, two corporals and eight constables. In addition to the detachment officers there’s an administrative staff that consists of three positions, two that are currently occupied with skilled public servants and a vacancy in the office manager position that still needs to be appropriated.
A newly promoted corporal is slated to take on one of the two supervisor positions and will be moving from Kamloops to fill the role. He is expected to begin his post in early January 2018.
A note was made by Mr. Vatamaniuck on support the detachment receives from numerous volunteers in the community including Victim Services, Range Patrol, and Restorative Justice.
“We also have a number of partners on the front lines of emergency services with whom we consistently work with such as the Fire and Ambulance Services and of course the Search and Rescue volunteers,” he said.
The detachment received a total of 151 calls for service in Radium with the majority of calls surrounding property-related matters at 72, followed by encompassed person crimes at 40, and traffic related complaints at 39.
Detachment priorities for this quarter included, Domestic Violence and Prevention, culminating in two investigations; Road Safety: Impaired Operation, resulting in four cases charged with Distracted Driving no tickets issued and Crime Reduction: Theft from Motor Vehicles, one incident.
The RCMP received $10,000 in funding by the RCMP District Administration to enhance policing and visibility in the community over the summer. Mr. Vatamaniuck was pleased to report that there were no fatalities in the Columbia Valley during this time period.
“As a result of this enhancement we were able to mitigate the propensity of serious criminal events,” said Mr. Vatamaniuck.